Unquenchable!: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines

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Penguin, Nov 1, 2011 - Cooking - 368 pages
We wine writers tend to be obsessive souls. How else can a person stay fascinated throughout a career with just one drink? Compare us to food writers: Over their lives, they'll encounter thousands of ingredients and ways of combining and cooking them. Wine, by contrast, is just fermented grapes. But it engages our primary senses-smell, taste, feel-in a way that is both hedonistic and cerebral.

That's why I've spent the past several years traipsing around the world, visiting wineries, tasting their offerings, and searching for the world's best cheap wines. The narrative is as familiar as Arthur's quest for the grail and as naive as Dr. Seuss's plaintive search for the affirmative in Are You My Mother?

With her signature conversational style, Natalie MacLean takes you on a whirlwind journey through the world of wine, searching for great taste at a low cost. By turns confessional-with guilty admissions from a penny-pincher who loves simple pleasures-and spirited, Unquenchable is informed by MacLean's decade-long career as an award-winning wine writer.

In this engaging and enlightening book, MacLean recounts her adventures with the most passionate personalities in some of the most gorgeous, off-beat places in the world-from the crazed vintner who explains his philosophy while speeding down the Autobahn to the Sicilian winemakers you don't want to disappoint with your tasting notes. Yet there's plenty to take away from her inspired recommendations for food pairing to lists of favorite value wines and vintners, plus plenty of pointers that will enhance your own drinking pleasure.

 

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I liked this book so much I went out and bought it. I want to use is as a reference book - to write in it and make notes of what bargain wines work for me. Read full review

Contents

INSIDER TIPS
WINERIES VISITED
SUNDAY DINNER FOR A WINE CHEAPSKATE
TERRIFIC PAIRINGS
RESOURCES
INSIDER TIPS
TOP VALUE PRODUCERS
TERRIFIC PAIRINGS
INSIDER TIPS
WINERIES VISITED
THURSDAY DINNER FOR A WINE CHEAPSKATE
RESOURCES
INSIDER TIPS
TOP VALUE PRODUCERS
FRIDAY DINNER FOR A WINE CHEAPSKATE
RESOURCES

RESOURCES
INSIDER TIPS
WINERIES VISITED
TUESDAY DINNER FOR A WINE CHEAPSKATE
RESOURCES
INSIDER TIPS
BEST VALUE WINES
WEDNESDAY DINNER FOR A WINE CHEAPSKATE
RESOURCES
RELATED READING
RELATED READING
INSIDER TIPS
TOP VALUE PRODUCERS
TERRIFIC PAIRINGS
RELATED READING
INSIDER TIPS
TOP VALUE PRODUCERS
SUNDAY LUNCH FOR A WINE CHEAPSKATE
RESOURCES
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Natalie MacLean is the award-winning author of Red, White, and Drunk All Over, named the Best Wine Literature Book (English) at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. An accredited sommelier and journalist, her wine e-newsletter, Nat Decants, is read by more than 130,000 wine lovers. Her free mobile app, “Wine Picks & Pairings: Natalie Maclean,” has been downloaded 100,000 times.

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